Have you ever considered including your research participants in the process of doing scientific research? Josephien Jansen, PhD student in Clinical Neuropsychology, does so and in this blog post she explains why collaborating with experience experts is a fruitful endeavor.
The Jerusalem Syndrome describes a controversial, yet fascinating condition in which affected individuals exhibit psychosis-like symptoms elicited by a visit to the holy city of Jerusalem.
At the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen, two enthusiastic scholars (Marieke Pijnenborg and Lisette van der Meer) focus their research on cognition of patients with psychosis. Both are not only academically very active, but also successful in combining their appointment as a scientist at the University of Groningen with an appointment in the clinical field. Reason enough for Mindwise to invite these two scholars for an interview to learn from their experiences and ideas.
In 2014, my collaborators and I published a post on Mindwise entitled: “What are you thinking right now? On the topic of metacognition”, in which we discussed what metacognition is considered to be (‘thinking about thinking’) and how metacognition may play a role in different kinds of psychopathology. In this post, we seek to delve a little deeper by applying the model to disorders in the psychosis spectrum.
‘I am not crazy, just help me get rid of my neighbors. They are constantly on my back!’ Something along these lines represents a common assistance request by people with psychotic disorders. Insight is impaired in a majority of patients with psychotic disorders.